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Thornton Dale C of E Primary School

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01751 474 345

Castle Close, Thornton Dale, Pickering. YO18 7TW

Mrs Nikkie Beniams

Be Kind, be brave, believe


Our intent for our Art approach is to allow children to express themselves as individuals and in a creative way. 


Our intent is for children to: 

  • Achieve their absolute potential by having the highest expectations of their learning 
  • Be confident to ask questions and extend their knowledge. 
  • Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences 
  • Become proficient in drawing painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques 
  • Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design 
  • Know about great artists, craft makers and designers 



In EYFS, we implement our Art curriculum through:

  •  providing a wide range of media and materials in our environment. Children make choices and experiment with different processes such as colour mixing, collage and manipulating malleable materials.
  • exploring a range of artists work, encouraging children to express their opinion on these.

In Ks1 and Ks2 we implement our Art curriculum through:

  • exploring a wide range of artist's work, encouraging children to voice their opinions and explain their reasons why they do/do not like a piece of art.
  • our curriculum sequence of Launch, re-Launch and Landing during 'art week' 
  • an art exhibition showcasing children’s work to the local community 
  • trips and experiences focusing on art, artists and exhibitions
  • focus groups within Learning Mission time to model and scaffold art skills. Nurture and relationships allow adults to support children to experiment and challenge themselves 
  • learning Mission journeys that reflect what is being taught.
  • learning mission books that are high quality, show a range of art and evidence the highest expectations.
  • the use of sketch books to practise and develop art skills over time.
  • a creative and innovative approach using a range of high quality resources and medium.


The National Curriculum provides a structure and skill development for the Art curriculum being taught. This is linked to our Learning Missions to provide a creative approach, which reflects a balanced programme of study. 


The impact of our Art approach is children love expressing themselves through a range of medium and are proud of their creations. Children’s skills are transferable across the curriculum.